Music and the Meditative Mind: Toward a Science of the Ineffable

Karen Brummel-Smith

in The Oxford Handbook of Medical Ethnomusicology

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780199756261
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:
 Music and the Meditative Mind: Toward a Science of the Ineffable

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Mystics for millennia have used the power of music in healing the body, mind, and soul. Likewise, music is a tool that has been used by a myriad of cultures throughout history to facilitate altered states of awareness. The coming together of diverse voices in the research and practice of the healing arts has reached a new stage of development. In modern academia, the investigation of indigenous and traditional musical healing practices has primarily been found in the fields of ethnomusicology and anthropology, but recently, researchers and practitioners in the health sciences have begun to turn their attention toward an awareness of these practices and the investigation of their potential health benefits. This article draws upon many of these diverse voices to show the links between disciplines and theories, ancient and contemporary practices, and new directions for research and practice that emerge from the interaction of these voices.

Keywords: research; musical healing; ethnomusicology; anthropology; health sciences

Article.  10705 words. 

Subjects: Music ; Ethnomusicology

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